We are pleased to present Restore’s Annual Report 2022, highlighting our impactful work with refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham, Smethwick and Solihull. This report summarises the dedication, compassion, and achievements of our work over the past year.
Through our befriending programs, we have formed meaningful connections and nurtured friendships that have positively impacted the lives of those who seek refuge. Our volunteers have kindly given both their time and support, offering companionship, guidance, and a sense of belonging to those in need, enabling us to move towards Restore’s Vision: a society into which all refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed, valued and integrated.
In this report you will find some statistics on our achievements over the past year, along with some remarks from befrienders and befriendees, as well as an overview of the diverse activities and initiatives we have undertaken to support our service users and the community as a whole. One befriended asylum seekers said, “We share a lot about our culture and daily life. This definitely helped me with knowing more about the city and improved my English. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to have a befriender and appreciate all the work that Restore does for refugees that makes starting a new life in a completely different country a lot easier.” One of our volunteers said “My voluntary work has taught me that refugees are here to enrich this country. Also, it helped me, as a retired teacher, to share some of my knowledge and experience and made me feel that I am still able to help my fellow human beings.”
We invite you to delve into the Annual Report to gain more insights into our progress as well as our challenges. Together, let us strive for a more inclusive and compassionate world where everyone, regardless of their background, can be themselves and live without fear of persecution.
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